Paper Reduction Strategies
Green Tip of the Month:Think before you print
Before you click “PRINT,” consider this:
Clarkson purchased 950 cases of 100% virgin copier/printer paper in the 2009-2010 academic year.
How much paper is this?
- A stack of this paper would surpass the top of the pinnacle of the Empire State Building by 100 feet.
- Laid end to end, the sheets could cover a path from Potsdam to Chicago
Another way to look at these numbers - these 24 tons of paper required the annual use of
- 621 trees
- ~9 homes worth of energy
- The equivalent greenhouse gas emissions from 13 cars
Your efforts to cut paper use are helping. In the last two years, our paper purchases were 14% lower than the previous two years. A move towards electronic versus announcement has helped to accomplish this. But we can do more…
Here are a few ways you can continue cut our stack of paper used…
RETHINK your printing needs
- Communicate electronically to the extent possible.
- Explore fax to file, fax forwarding and print to mailbox features on your office copier/printer.
- Use Moodle or the S:// drive to share documents rather than printing and distributing
- Consider - If another office has a copy in their files, do you need a paper copy too?
If you must print - REDUCE your paper use
- Double-side it! Switch to your area’s network printer and Set your default to print double-sided
(If you need assistance, please call the HelpDesk (x6700) and they will arrange for a technician to assist you)
- Reduce your printing margins to 0.75” to get more on each page.
- Print multiple images per sheet for PowerPoint slides or drafts.
When you do print - make sure it's on RECYCLED paper
- Paper with 75% recycled content (30% post-consumer) is available through central services. Call the stockroom (x2325) today to order paper with recycled content (stock #02-01-11, $3.50/ream).
Three reasons to act NOW
- The virgin timber-based pulp and paper industry is the third greatest industrial emitter of global warming pollution.
- The pulp and paper industry is the world's fifth largest industrial consumer of energy and uses more water to produce a ton of product than any other industry.
- The U.S. uses 1/3 of the world’s paper, while we account for only 5% of the world’s population.
 Environmental impact estimates were made using the Environmental Defense Fund Paper Calculator.
For more information visit http://www.papercalculator.org
Details from EDF paper calculator
24 tons of 0% recycled content paper
89 tons of wood (621 trees)
717 million BTU energy (~8 homes)
141,171 lbs CO2 equiv. , the equivalent of about 13 cars/year
For 24 tons/y 75% recycled content:
22 tons wood - 155 trees
570 million BTU's 6 homes
96,894 lbs CO2 equiv. 9 cars